Melba Hitchcock Burgess
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Melba Hitchcock Burgess, 90, former resident of Vestavia Hills, died Monday, March 24, 2014, in Jasper.

Burgess graduated as salutatorian of her class at Berry Academy in Rome, Ga. She attended Berry College and graduated with a degree in library science from what is now the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. A life-long lover of books, she was a certified public librarian in Georgia and served as a school, church and medical librarian in Alabama.

Burgess was a member of the Edgewood Presbyterian Church in Homewood, which recently named its library in her honor and that of her son, the church’s recently retired pastor. She was a kind and gentle spirit, a talented artist, an accomplished seamstress and a devoted friend of many.

A memorial service led by the Rev. Catherine Oliver will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the Edgewood Presbyterian Church located at 850 Oxmoor Road in Birmingham.

Burgess was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, Newett Marlin (N.M) Burgess.

She is survived by her daughter, Marthanne Brown (O.H.); her son, Sid Burgess (Melissa Tate); and her sister, Muriel Spivey of Mesa, Ariz. She also is survived by the four grandchildren whom she adored, Elizabeth Wade (P.J.), Richmond Brown (Michel), Grace Burgess and Brittany Burgess. She had four great-grandsons.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions to the Burgess Library at Edgewood Church.

You may register online at

Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5533